Labs that are doing work related to diversity
Child Study Center
The Child Study Center (CSC) is a specialty research, service, and training facility devoted to the comprehensive assessment, treatment, prevention, and understanding of problems of childhood and adolescence.
Angela Scarpa, John Richey, and Tom Ollendick conduct research on autism-spectrum disorder (ASD), an example of neuro-diversity. Scarpa, as Director of the VT Center for Autism Research (VTCAR), is extending both outreach and research to rural Appalachia, addressing disparities in access to resources related to both social class and geographic location.
Girls Launch! Connects Female Scientists and Children through ICAT Funded Project
Girls Launch!, an IRB-approved project obtained by research assistant professor Vanessa Diaz, connects women researchers with kindergarten children, allowing the children to learn more about science through engaging hands-on activities. With a grant from the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT), this Center for Communicating Science and Department of Psychology project also allowed 10 graduate students to create kindergarten-friendly videos related to their research. During the second and third years, the project was expanded to an investigation of gender-based stereotypes.
Learn more about the Girls Launch! project.
Other Faculty Research
Jungmeen Kim-Spoon’s lab has collaborated with B2B and Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP) in providing graduate student mentorship to underrepresented undergraduates over the past 2 summers. This has resulted in students presenting their research at the annual VT Undergraduate Symposium. Martha-Ann Bell’s lab has been involved in this partnership as well.
Neil Hauenstein and his lab are in the process of validating an instrument that measures racism and attitudes on White Privilege, and another on measuring sexism through an individual’s behavioral intentions.